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September 24, 2016

Paris Arc de Triomphe ,Champs-Elysées,and Alma !

I had a much useful time in Paris on my last visit this past week, actually I think I walked a lot lol!

I came in as usual thru my Gare Montparnasse (see previous entry), and quickly moved to the Place de l’Alma and its bridge and then the avenue des Champs-Elysées and of course the Arc de Triomphe areas. This is a bit of that walking trip of glorious Paris,the one you never get tired of visiting even if lucky enough to live in France…

First, who does not come to Paris and not visit the avenue des Champs-Elysées ….even with all it’s tourist hordes all over ,it is still a wonder to see and feel and locals like it too.  However, I won’t tell nothing new, rather you taste it try it and see it, there is something for everybody here,and the new excellent official site has plenty in English to show you to the things you like to do. Here it is: http://www.champselysees-paris.com/

And for a magical video music from the great French singer Joe Dassin, here is youtube videos:

Moving on away from it you can cut across avenue Marceau or ave George V to reach the wonderful Pont de l’Alma and its square of Place de l’Alma (see the flame of liberty from the top part of the statue of liberty) . A magical place and bridge love by all locals and visitors alike.  The bridge is recent, built in 1969 to 1973 and 143 meters long by 42 meters wide with an old soldier Zouave to keep an eye on the rises of the river Seine flood prevention. This bridge replaces one done in 1854 and it now links the  Place de l’Alma on the right bank to the Quai Branly on the left bank. More on the Paris tourist office here: http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73139/Pont-de-l-Alma

You will see a couple photos from the controversial Russain Orthodox Church been build on the quai Branly with Russian money and some says Putin’s money. The avenue Marceau is a wonderful street leading from the Place de l’Alma to the Arc de Triomphe passing by the Embassy of Spain, the Institut Cervantes (under renovations), and the Yves-Saint-Laurent foundation Pierre Bergé amongst the notable buildings here.

I stop here to have my lunch at the simple but chic  Berts right next Alma-Marceau metro line 9 exit off the Avenue du Wilson. More on the resto chain here:  http://www.berts.fr/o/nos-adresses/

Right by here, you see the entrance to the Sewers tour of Paris, well not my cup of tea to visit sewers but it is popular, the Egouts de Paris ;more info here: http://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71499/Musee-des-egouts-de-Paris

From the square Alma, further down on Avenue de New York, you can visit my old haunts visited many times the American Center of the Mona Bismarck Foundation. An American  contemporary arts center and exhibition place.  And see right across it the Bridge or Passarelle Debilly created for the Universal Exposition of 1900. And of course, the big Tour Eiffel across it.  More on them here: http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73157/Passerelle-Debilly

The Mona Bismarck was for many years the home of many American organisations in Paris some of which I belong, and now it is totally dedicated to showcasing the American arts to the French public and of course all visitors to Paris. More here: http://www.monabismarck.org/

All in all, you never see Paris, but rather Paris see you, there is much more to Paris than a blog or a post. Paris is a movable feast you never stop loving it once bitten. Cheers

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September 24, 2016

Paris and Montparnasse !

On my many trips to Paris now (see my history in Paris on previous posts), once again I got in by Montparnasse. A vast area where there are still many symbols of the grandeur of Paris in the 1920’s and afterward, where I once worked and now go in to Paris at the Gare Montparnasse.

The smaller area is in the 14éme arrondissement de Paris or district in the 53rd quartier or neighborhood. Many people comes here and are told of the 20 districts of Paris that you find in the postal codes like 75 then the district or 75014. What many missed is the fact that since the creation of the new Paris by Baron Haussmann under Napoléon III in 1860 it was created into four quartiers or neighborhood per arrondissement or district ; therefore, Paris has 80 or four per district.

Some of the things to see in this neighborhood are the Barrière d’Enfer on the Mur des Fermiers généraux (the second barrier of roads in Paris today and was the wall set up between 1784 and 1790.  The sculpture of the Lion de Belfort in the Place Denfert-Rochereau (the symbol of the territory of Belfort ) It was done by Auguste Bartholdi and as the Statue of Liberté done by him ,both points in the same direction in Paris. The wonderful boulevard du Montparnasse with some of the most famous cafés such as La Coupole and Le Dôme! The cimetiére du Montparnasse (cementary) where rest in peace such names as Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett, Guy de Moupassant, Sainte Beuve, Serge Gainsbourg, etc.  The wonderful metro station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (metro lines 4,6,12, and 13) that links to the Gare de Montparnasse train station. The theater or Théâtre Montparnasse, Bobino, Theater de la Gaîté-Montparnasse, Theater Rive Gauche, and the Theater d’Edgar. The wonderful crêperies on the heights of rue du Montparnasse reminds you of little Brittany or petit Bretagne. The Fondation Cartier for the art contemporary, the Observatoire de Paris, the meridian of Paris crosses the districtAnd the Prison de la Santé or health prison built in 1861 and has held many notables still to this day the only prison inside Paris city limits still today!!!

It is, also, my old working quartier and my entry point each time coming out from gare Montparnasse now. The restos around the Gare de Montparnasse are like my second home for many years. On this latest visit I step in into Café bar La Marine for a taste of some fish and chips with cold Carlsberg beers and a new taste of  IPA rather sweeter brew; just nice ,,,,as always. Great cozy tables and great sports match ambiance; more here: http://www.allomatch.com/bar-sportif/paris/la-marine.html

Enjoy the ins and outs of your blog host ::) Cheers

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